Global Director of Quality - Silica

Posted 09 Jan 2024

Charlotte, North Carolina - United States

Req Id 270931


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The Global Director of Quality – Silica position is located on site in Charlotte, NC, with domestic and international travel required.


Your Role:

At EMD Electronics the Global Director of Quality – Silica is responsible for all strategic and tactical aspects of Quality (quality strategy, quality assurance, quality control, and quality system management) for our global business.  This role is a working director, providing hands-on technical support for the US Silica Operations.  The Global Director of Quality – Silica will be working within a multi-disciplinary team environment and will be responsible for developing and maintaining good working relationships with business contacts both internally and externally.  The Global Director of Quality – Silica must be self-motivated, both tactical and strategic, and be comfortable with changing priorities affecting the daily work schedule.  The role reports to the Silica General Manager and is a member of the Silica Leadership Team (SLT).



  • Create and execute a scalable global quality vision for the Silica business, strengthening our quality systems and culture to effectively deliver products to advanced node semiconductor customers with the expected quality assurance.  Bring Semiconductor customer expectations into this vision from personal experience.  Create meaningful and workable systems and practices so EMD’s Silica business becomes the customer-recognized benchmark for quality amongst CMP slurry suppliers.
  • Manage all aspects of quality and provide technical support (quality assurance, quality control, process changes, and quality systems) for US Silica Operations and quality systems management (including maintenance of quality documents, quality records, and auditing).
  • Globally manage and locally provide and manage customer support needs and help solve quality technical problems timely and effectively.  Ensure the global Quality team has the tools and capabilities for meeting customer quality and technical support needs now and in the future.
  • Be a key contact for customer quality and change management topics.  Ensure process changes and raw material and equipment qualification plans are thoroughly created and aligned internally, and with our partner, DuPont.
  • Actively participate in leadership and management meetings and be a quality advocate and leader in the Silica Leadership Team.  Lead quality specific meetings, as necessary.
  • Responsible for identifying relevant quality standards and ensure global quality systems are maintained.  Interface with corporate functions for ISO and other relevant quality systems and certifications.
  • Manage the quality group’s operations budget and recommend capex investments and project manage their implementation and qualification.
  • Lead global continuous improvement efforts in systems, metrology, and practices while also leading a Global Process Change Board so all changes are managed according to semiconductor customer expectations.


Who You Are:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or other advanced degree, preferably in chemistry or engineering (or related field).
  • 10+ years previous customer or material supplier experience in semiconductor manufacturing.
  • Knowledge and experience in statistical methods such as Six Sigma, probability, and continuous improvement processes.
  • Experience leading quality organizations and managing customer and supplier relationships in the Semiconductor industry.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous customer or material supplier experience in CMP processing, or the manufacturing, testing, and application of colloidal silica for polishing slurries.
  • Understanding of advanced statistical quality control concepts and techniques. Experience with common and advanced quality analysis methods for Semiconductor materials.
  • Knowledge of colloidal silica, physical property characterization, and CMP processes is beneficial.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills along with the ability to work with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited known correlations exist.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft software applications, statistical analysis software like Minitab, and other data management and analysis software like SAP.
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, partners, and customers.
  • Ability to maintain good working relationships with business contacts both internally and externally.

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